LA PÉRÉGRIN CHÉRUBINIQUE
The magnificently stubborn and persistent Pol Pelletier is back in force, motivated by the poetic radiance of the words of Jovette Marchessault and enveloped by the timeless music of Jean-Jacques Lemêtre.
The magnificently stubborn and persistent Pol Pelletier is back in force, motivated by the poetic radiance of the words of Jovette Marchessault and enveloped by the timeless music of Jean-Jacques Lemêtre. La pérégrin chérubinique, presented in a former church, reveals the slow agony and the violent mystical ecstasy of a woman on a pilgrimage.
Jovette Marchessault’s dusky, incredibly rich prose turns the experience into a moment of inspiring beauty. A luminous presence, Pol Pelletier shatters comfort zones, jolting the audience as she grabs hold of the altar to kiss it. She is accompanied by the indefatigable seeker of sounds Jean-Jacques Lemêtre in a presentation that is part savage feast, part ceremonial.
A source of comfort in these uncertain times, this joyful piece is a very moving spiritual journey in the face of a civilization in decline. Presented by three exceptional individuals, it is an act of resistance against gloom and mediocrity, a high intensity theatrical adventure.
PRODUCED BY L’ÉCOLE SAUVAGE
WRITTEN BY JOVETTE MARCHESSAULT
DIRECTED AND PERFORMED BYPOL PELLETIER
MUSIC JEAN-JACQUES LEMÊTRE
WRITTEN BY DIANE JEAN
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
PREMIÈRED AT MUSÉE DE L’AMÉRIQUE FRANÇAISE, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2008
JOVETTE MARCHESSAULT + POL PELLETIER (MONTRÉAL)
Pol Pelletier has been enchanting Quebec theatre for more than 35 years. She co-founded the Théâtre Expérimental des Femmes, after having been part of the core nucleus of Théâtre expérimental de Montréal with Ronfard and Gravel. In 1976 she was a writer and actor in the mythical collective play La nef des sorcières, a radical, socially activist piece. In the 1980s she established her Dojo, a unique training space for actors. During the 1990s her epic performances of Joie (1993) and Or (1997) electrified FTA audiences. The final piece of the trilogy, Océan, tells the story of women and theatre in Quebec via her own journey as an artist. From 2004 to 2008 she presented Nicole c'est moi in both Quebec and France, where she also created Une Contrée sauvage appelée Courage.
Jovette Marchessault is a writer, painter and sculptor. Major female characters, renowned historical figures, have been the focus of many of her works: La terre est trop courte, Violette Leduc (1981), Alice et Gertrude, Natalie et Renée et ce cher Ernest (1983), Anaïs dans la queue de la comète (1985). She received the Governor General’s Award in 1992 for Le voyage magnifique d’Emily Carr.
Jean-Jacques Lemêtre is a colleague of Ariane Mnouchkine, composing the music for Théâtre du Soleil presentations since 1979. A prodigious multi-instrumentalist and an inventor of sounds, he performs his music live onstage. Past presentations in Montreal include Le cycle des Atrides (1990) and Tambours sur la digue (1998), presented at the Festival de théâtre des Amériques.